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Find out everything you need to know about applying to our Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA programmes. Our staged, rounds-based admissions process will help you plan the best time to submit your application.

Organise your application around your work commitments and ensure you apply early enough to optimise funding opportunities such as scholarships and bursaries. 

Applications

Applications for the Global EMBA are currently open.

Applications for the Cambridge EMBA are currently closed.

Watch our application video

Group of EMBA students.

Over the course of the 20 months, it really changed my perspective and transformed my way of thinking about business"

Yannick Kala Konga (EMBA 2020), Engineering Director, PepsiCo

Application deadlines

We encourage you to apply early, especially if you’re relying on employer sponsorship, scholarships, bursaries or loans to fund your studies. Applications for bursaries and the Dean’s Diversity and Director’s Scholarships will be considered after each application deadline.

If you apply to one EMBA programme then change your mind, you can switch your application to the other. However, you cannot change your mind and switch once you’ve started your programme.

Global EMBA deadlines

Applications for the Global EMBA are currently open, round deadlines can be found below:

Round 1

5 Mar
2024

Round 1 deadline

Round 2

16 Apr
2024

Round 2 deadline

Round 3

6 Jun
2024

Round 3 deadline

Round 4

6 Aug
2024

Round 4 deadline

Round 5

19 Sep
2024

Round 5 deadline

Cambridge EMBA deadlines

Applications for the Cambridge MBA (September 2025 start) open on 2 September 2024.

Round 1

12 Nov
2024

Round 1 deadline

Round 2

21 Jan
2025

Round 2 deadline

Round 3

4 Mar
2025

Round 3 deadline

Round 4

17 Apr
2025

Round 4 deadline

Round 5

5 Jun
2025

Round 5 deadline

Who we are looking for?

The Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA may be right for you if:

Is an Executive MBA right for you?

Find out if the Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA programmes are right for you.

Submit your CV

Application process

You can find everything about our application in the steps below.

Preparation

Watch the video below to find out how you can create a strong application.

Create an account and start your application.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

You can save your application as many times as you like. Take your time and make sure you have all your supporting documentation ready to go before you submit.

Start your Global EMBA application on the Applicant Portal

Application submission

When you’re sure you’re ready, submit your application.

Make sure your application is complete.  
 
For it to be reviewed, you’ll need to submit all supporting documents (essays, references, transcripts, certificates, GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL scores if applicable) attached and the £150 application fee.

If you wish, you can ask your referees to send their references before you submit to ensure your application is ready for review.

Application review

Your application will be reviewed by the Cambridge Admissions Committee.

Our Admissions Committee will review your entire application in full and decide whether or not to short-list you for interview. Your application must be complete before it can be considered.

Fraudulent applications

The University of Cambridge takes robust action against admissions fraud. If we find that fake documents or false information has been submitted, we will withdraw the application and any others made by the same person.

Learn more about postgraduate admissions fraud

First interview

We’ll notify you if you’ve been short-listed to interview. 

Keep an eye on your inbox. We’ll notify you whether or not you’ve been invited to interview and offer you an interview date. 

  • Rounds one, two and three: You’ll be notified if you are invited to interview within two weeks. 
  • Rounds four and five: We typically receive a higher number of applications in these rounds so you may not receive a response until after the application deadline. 

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. 

Conditional offer

Successful candidates will receive a final decision, usually within one week.

If you’re successful at interview, you’ll be given a conditional offer by email. The email will have details about your offer deadline, a link to the conditional offer and financial information documents. 

You’ll need to meet certain conditions before your offer can be converted to an unconditional offer. 

  • Agree the terms and conditions of your offer on the EMBA application portal. 
  • Pay the non-refundable £10,000 reservation fee to reserve your place on the Cambridge Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programmes. The £10,000 is offset against your tuition fees. 
  • Provide evidence you can meet the costs of the programme (details found in your offer). 
  • Provide a letter from your company (on company letterhead) addressed to the EMBA Admissions Manager and confirming your job title and salary. 
  • Provide an original copy or official duplicate of your transcripts. If this does not confirm your degree, you’ll need to provide the original degree certificate. 
  • Reference checks may be carried out on one or both of your referees. We may also do a verification check on your academic record. 

Accept your offer

To accept your offer, you’ll need to meet the conditions above. If you are unable to meet them, or need an extension to the deadline, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Congratulations! The final stage of the Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA application process is a letter confirming your unconditional offer. You’ll be able to use this letter for visa application purposes

Join a Cambridge College

Become a member of the Cambridge Executive MBA or Global Executive MBA programmes and you’ll also become a member of one of our 31 famous university Colleges. 

We’ll send you a list of Colleges currently accepting EMBA students once you’ve been made an offer. Choose your top 3 and the Admissions Manager will apply on your behalf (please note that you should not try to apply independently). 

College membership is guaranteed to all University of Cambridge students. However, each College has its own entrance requirements and membership is at their individual discretion.

Our minimum requirements

Make sure you have everything necessary to submit the strongest application possible. Below is a list of requirements for applying to the Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA programmes.

All applications are made online, and you need to submit all required supporting documentation. An online payment of £150 will be charged for the submission of your completed application.

We require a good second-class honours degree on the UK grading scale or international equivalent.

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Scanned copies of all degrees and certificates at undergraduate and postgraduate level must be submitted with your application. Degrees not awarded in English must be translated and certified by a recognised source, such as an official translator or the British Council.

Successful applicants to our EMBA programmes are typically established senior executives with management responsibilities (teams, resources, budgets and/or projects). You must have strong leadership potential and a clear motivation for applying to an executive programme. We are especially interested in the professional skills you’ve developed, and how the Cambridge and Global EMBA will accelerate your development.

You’ll need to demonstrate your employment status when you apply for one of our EMBA programmes. You’re also expected to keep working full-time while you study so you apply what you learn and share your experiences with classmates.

We welcome applications from contractors and consultants. You’ll need to show evidence of employment as a condition of your offer.

The GMAT or EA is an indicator of your readiness to re-enter a rigorous academic environment. You will need to either take the GMAT or EA and submit your score with your application or apply for a GMAT/EA waiver as part of your application. If you are unsure whether you would qualify for a waiver, please contact our Admissions Team.

Your score must be valid at point of application. Our GMAT institution code is WF1-T3-68.

Requests for waivers are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and at least one EMBA faculty member. Find out how to apply for a GMAT or EA waiver.

Note that as the GMAT is just one factor in the admissions decision process, a high score is no guarantee of an offer.

You’ll need 2 references – one from a line manager or supervisor and one from a professional peer (work colleague). We do not accept academic or family referees. 

Choose your referee carefully and make sure they know how important it is for them to provide a detailed reference. We recommend choosing someone who knows your strengths and weaknesses well. Get them started early so your application is not held up by late reference submission.  

Your referee will receive an automatic reference request once you have entered their contact details on our online application system.

Financing your EMBA is a major commitment which you’ll need to consider early in your application process. Find out more on our Fees and funding page

On the application form you are required to complete 2 essays (maximum 500 words each).

English fluency is a pre-requisite for our Executive MBA programmes.

View our Executive MBA English Language policy (PDF).

Nationals from outside the UK and Ireland need a visa to study at Cambridge Judge. Please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website for the latest information and criteria University’s International Student Office.

Fees and funding

Learn more about funding your Executive MBA.

Explore EMBA fees and funding

Executive MBA stories

The group starts their trek in Hong Kong.

Treks are student-led trips to destinations in the UK and overseas to learn more about local businesses. They are an optional part of the Executive MBA programme at Cambridge Judge and take place in students’ own time. From 20-26 April 2024, 23 participants from the 2022 cohort of the Executive MBA programme embarked on a week-long China Trek through the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao area of China, also known as the Greater Bay Area.

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As part of their application, candidates can apply for a GMAT/EA waiver.

The Raspberry Pi mini-computer.

Eben Upton, an Executive MBA graduate (EMBA 2009), says initial public offering of the mini-computer firm will allow faster product development and greater global impact.

Admissions events

We’d love to meet you at one of our free global events. Join us at an upcoming fair, webinar, open day or coffee chat to find out if the Cambridge EMBA and Global EMBA are right for you.

Join our online drop-in clinic at 10:00 GMT +1 to ask your admissions related questions.

Join our online drop-in clinic at 17:15 GMT +1 to ask your admissions related questions.

Join us to learn more about the our Executive MBA programmes, our application process and ask any questions you might have.

Meet Global Executive MBA student Josie Sutcliffe, who is a technology marketing leader, at our Women and the EMBA webinar.

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